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Protesters dressed in The Handmaid's Tale costume protest outside the hearing room where Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing

'Mob rule' rocks US Senate hearing for judge

Judge Kavanaugh had dissented when, in 2011, his court upheld new restrictions on assault weapons in the District of Columbia.

Kavanaugh also described United States v. Nixon, the supreme court ruling that ordered then President Richard Nixon to turn over secret White House recordings toward the end of the Watergate investigation, as "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history".

The senators also said Kavanaugh was not on either of the two lists of potential Supreme Court nominees - many handpicked by the conservative Federalist Society - that Trump put out before taking office.

Asked by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, whether he would have any trouble ruling against Trump or the executive branch, Kavanaugh replied: "No one is above the law in our constitutional system".

Amid the nearly continuous disruption, Texas Republican John Cornyn said it was "the first confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court justice I've seen basically according to mob rule". They say those could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects. "So sad to see!"

Those expecting a showdown throughout Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearing were not disappointed Tuesday.

Answering a question from Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, Kavanaugh said he could not commit to recusing himself from any cases involving investigations or civil lawsuits relating to the president. Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.

Brett Kavanaugh's nomination hearing for the Supreme Court began Tuesday morning with plenty of partisan bickering but it was the lunch break exit by Kavanaugh that has some wondering whether he intentionally snubbed the handshake of Fred Guttenberg, father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg.

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This doesn't mean the Democrats are done with demagoguery. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) while interrupting Grassley, referring to the September 3 release to the committee of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee's work with past administrations.

The panel's top Democrat, Sen.

Though Wednesday's hearing was less acrimonious than Tuesday's, it remained tense, with the shouts from protesters at times interrupting the proceedings. "It is about Democratic senators re-litigating the 2016 election". Sasse ripped into his Congressional colleagues for not enacting legislation related to sensitive issues, leaving the Supreme Court to clean up the mess and draw the ire of Americans who don't understand that justices are not political figures.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, speaks with Sen.

They railed against the unusual vetting process by Republicans that failed to include documents from three years Kavanaugh worked in the Bush administration, and 100,000 more pages withheld by the Trump White House.

Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight to block Kavanaugh's nomination. They include a 1998 memo in which Kavanaugh urged that Starr's deputies pose sexually graphic questions to then-President Bill Clinton about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Democrats have raised concerns that if the special counsel investigation were to make its way to the supreme court, Kavanaugh could not be impartial toward the president who appointed him. Democrats know that the only thing that can stop them is a constitutionally conservative court.

As protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, Republican Sen.

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"Well, I'm not remembering, but if you have something you want to." he said, trailing off. He likened it to another controversial, landmark Supreme Court decision, the Miranda ruling about the rights of criminal suspects.

Senators took the opportunity to publicly interview President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court and asked him several divisive topics, including investigating or prosecuting a sitting president.

Democrats do not have a lot of options to disrupt the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

After Bush moved into the White House in 2001, he recruited Kavanaugh as legal counsel before later naming him to the appellate court in 2003.

The entire Senate will most likely vote on confirmation by the end of the month. Booker says the email shows Kavanaugh was at least open to racial profiling by police. He promised to be a "team player" if confirmed, declaring that he would be a "pro-law judge" who would not decide cases based on his personal views.

"I've tried to be a very collegial judge". Kavanaugh had clerked for Kozinski in the early 1990s and considered the judge a friend and mentor.

Pressed by Feinstein on his comment several years ago that US v. Nixon might have been wrongly decided, he said his quote - shown on a poster above the senator - was "not in context" and "I have repeatedly called USA v. Nixon one of the four greatest moments in court history".

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